“I have a sweet tooth” is something I commonly hear. The number one hit on my website for the last 2 years is a blog for healthy cookies so I know this phenomenon is not limited to just my clients. People are on the search for a healthy treat or at least one that quenches their taste for sweet.
My new healthy cookie book A Healthy Baker’s Dozen went on sale over the weekend, which contains cookies and treats with less sugar but no less taste.
However, what can you do to both help and alter your taste buds?
- Steer clear of non-nutritive sweeteners. They are hundreds to thousands times sweeter than sugar so they artificially keep both your taste and craving for sweet very high, and they keep you wanting more sweet and more food. If diet sodas really worked, we would be a much thinner society.
- Slowly start to wean yourself off the foods that have a high carbohydrate or sugar content. We know the worst offenders of candy, regular cookies, desserts but what about yogurts, condiments (BBQ sauce, ketchup dressings), “protein bars,” crackers, etc.?
Sugar and code names for sugar such as dextrose, maltose, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, and agave abound. Code words for sweeteners include sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol, acesulfame potassium to name just a few.
Besides looking at labels, become mindful of just how much sweet you are taking in and how to change to regular plain yogurt, water without sugar or sweeteners, etc.
It takes time and patience. Sometimes it is just habit and having developed a taste for sweet. Sometimes it is about being programmed in the womb for sweet (this is really true), and sometimes being a super taster which means you don’t have a taste for veggies, and things that are less sweet and more bitter.
Identify one thing in your diet high in sugar and start there. Then add something else to change – over time your sweet cravings will start to dissipate. Next week I will discuss further how to shift your cravings.
Taming a sweet taste takes patience, diligence and having a plan. Consider taking a journey to resetting your taste buds towards health.